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Wednesday, September 29, 2010 • Posted September 28, 2010 10:00 PM

Gentle Readers:

These past couple weeks have brought some sad news but also glad news.

Our thoughts go out to the family of Kay Hocutt, who worked at Super S. She passed away last Thursday. Howard Cox's brother, Curtis, also passed away. I am really sorry I never got to meet him - he was a fount of historical knowledge about WWII and lots of other things, according to his brother.

My favorite creative fashion designer, Acacia, was seen a week or two ago at the Redbud Cafe in the company of her mother and her little sister. I met Acacia not too long after I moved to Blanco, and I have been enraptured with her "passion for fashion" ever since. Her little sister, however, according to Acacia, is only fond of shoes.

Hooray for the cool weather! It seems as if the seasons here are actually defined overnight - one day it's summer, the next it's fall, and not just going by the calendar!

And the "coolest" news of all, T.D. and Leona Smiley will be celebrating their 68th wedding anniversary on October 4, 2010! That is one mighty accomplishment, but.....they still get along, which is even better! They are lovely, lovely people and I am proud to say I know them.

Charles and Rachelle Willgren held an open house at their new home last Saturday. Charles’ dad Steve Willgren of Austin, grandmother Johnnie Willgren of San Antonio, and grandmother’s neighbor Debbie Collins made it to the party and were glad to meet all the locals who came. Debbie’s chicken salad went over well and was enjoyed by many.

On Monday, September 13, Dennis A. Ahlburg, the new president of Trinity University in San Antonio, dedicated a bust of James A. Laurie that was sculpted by Professor Emeritus and local resident Philip John Evett. Evett told those present about how he sculpted the bust from a photo and his memory. In addition to lots of former students and retired professors, Jo & Neil Swann, Janet & Larry Natwick, David Hall, Charley & Ganell Pemberton, Dick & Peggy Welch, Tom & Dana Gardner, Phyllis Gallant, Jose Borrego, and JoAnn Evett were also present.

Come join me tonight at The Uptown Blanco Art Center for the class in mixed media layering with Suzette Connell. I was surprised to find there was actually a little creativity lurking inside me - who knows what Suzette could do for you!

Send your potpourri to and see it in our next issue!

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